A page will turn at Paris Saint-Germain, with the upcoming departure of Thiago Silva. The Brazilian central defender, at the end of his contract with the Red and Blue, is preparing to leave after eight years spent in France, with the possibility of not driving back the lawn of the Parc des Princes.
Nothing is official yet, but everything suggests that the romance between Paris Saint Germain and Thiago Silva is about to stop. The captain of the capital’s club is forced to exit, when he hoped to extend a contract due to expire on June 30. The 35-year-old central defender will nonetheless have to compete in the last deadlines for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, amputated by the coronavirus health crisis.
So he is confident that he can once again wear the jersey he wore for the first time in the summer of 2012. But under what conditions? Perhaps behind closed doors, and on neutral ground, during the expected finals of the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France. Far from France, too, in the Champions League, since the final phase could take place in Portugal, in Lisbon.
Acting Beckham got it
“O Monstro” could therefore say goodbye to the Ile-de-France team without having set foot on the lawn of the Parc des Princes. We imagine how a man as sensitive as he could be touched by this sad end, even if raising one, two or three trophies would be a very nice gift to fans and the club. But when interim David Beckham or the arrogant Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the right to their little ceremonial before packing up, what will happen to Thiago Silva?
A priori, the South American showed much more attachment to the PSG than his English and Swedish colleagues. Will Leonardo and Nasser Al-Khelaïfi organize a tribute worthy of the name for a player who will leave Paris with a host of domestic titles? Will they be deadlocked? After all, the captain, if he has never made waves like his compatriot Neymar was able to do it, also never knew how to be the expected locomotive, the one who took others up in big meetings.
Great leader or usurper?
On the contrary… Quite often, Thiago Silva failed on the call, literally and figuratively, when a great leader was expected, notably in the Champions League. An observation that he also allowed his detractors to verify in the national team, during the 2014 World Cup in particular. In the end, what will retain the supporters of Paris Saint-Germain of this number 2, which was once described as the best central defender on the planet? Do they only want to pay tribute to him before seeing him go under other skies? One thing is certain, if there is a farewell ceremony, tears will flow, no doubt.
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